Live with Courage

  • Jesus, I don’t want to waste my time on earth. Teach me to choose determined living so that I can make a difference for your Kingdom with the days that remain.
This has been my prayer since I received my diagnosis of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos. Studying the choices Jesus made on His way to the cross changed how I live every day. Join me as we walk through the Gospel of Luke together in the online study of Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment, starting April 29th!
More info at the link in my bio!
  • A blessed Easter to you today!
  • When I chose the colors for my website, I wanted them to reflect the sunrise because that's my favorite time to dig into God's Word. The sunrise triggers joy now because I know that the colors of the morning bring new wisdom for my heart. So, yes, of course I bought these pink and peach carnations yesterday when I was shopping for Easter. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of new beginnings in every day, but especially this weekend.
  • My neighbor texted me this morning: "Do you sense the stillness this morning? The eery quiet?"
The sky is darker than usual today. I opened the blinds throughout my house, but it doesn't help. It feels like nighttime at 10:00 in the morning. There are storms on the horizon, with much of our area already under a tornado warning. Gray is everywhere.
Yes, I texted back. "It is very eery today. Creation mourns with us."
As I read through the crucifixion of Jesus today, I thought about the women who were watching from a distance. I thought about the hopes they might have had, the dreams they had let blossom during their time with Jesus. And I thought about how they might have felt watching their dreams die as they watched Him die. I cried with them, for the Savior that looked at the cross and saw our faces in His mind. He walked toward it anyway because He loves us more than we can even fathom.
The rain falls heavy as I write this. And I am thinking about the dreams that you and I hold within our hearts. The ones we have watched die and the ones we still hold onto. Jesus sees. Jesus knows. And He knows the rest of the story, even though we cannot see it.
Today, the women at the cross mourn. But Sunday, they will rejoice. As will we.
  • Have I told you lately how much I adore coffee? I do. In related news, my sweet sister-in-LOVE @megandixonradford and I are cooking Easter sides and desserts for Good Friday night family dinner. I've done zero planning for it because errrday this week feels like Monday. We've got the homemade bread (me) and desserts (Megan) handled. What should we cook for sides? Hit me up with your favorite ideas!
PS - we don't know yet what the meat will be...the boys are handling that 😊
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  • Join the online study of Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment, taught by yours truly!
🌸What: a six-week study of Luke that follows the life and ministry of Jesus
🌸Why: To connect you with the Savior on His mission to love the world and give you a model for intentional living that you can replicate to live each day to the fullest and make a difference for God’s kingdom
🌸How: (1) order the Determined study participate workbook, and (2) join my private Facebook group
From the link in my bio:
👉ORDER: click on THE DETERMINED STUDY top button
👉JOIN: click on JOIN MY PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP second button
  • Prayer candles from inside Notre Dame. 2011. 😢🙏
  • 6,000 words due
7 loads of laundry
1 website to help my son design for a school project
2 interviews
2 FB lives
2 lacrosse games
Good Friday family dinner...Good Friday!!!
2 conference messages to finalize
7 meals to plan
2 bathrooms to clean before my Turtle Sisters come over for Bible study
1 glorious Easter Sunday morning
👆my week ahead in a nutshell
Life is so precious. It's a gift and a privilege to live it. And although my temptation is to look at a busy week ahead and get overwhelmed, I'm gonna say thank you Jesus instead because I am so grateful I am still here to live it.
Buuuuuuut I'm also doubling up (tripling?) on my coffee this morning. Bottoms up, friends. And happy Monday!